A Victorian Antique Silver Tea Caddy
A Victorian Antique Silver Tea Caddy

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Antique Silver Victorian Tea Caddy made in 1900


A Victorian antique silver tea caddy of lobed form. The caddy has a half embossed body of foliate and goddess design and a berry finial on the pull-off lid.

Date 1900
Made By William Comyns
Location London
Stock Number W13x22

Out of stock

Maker: William Comyns

A Victorian antique silver tea caddy of lobed form. The caddy has a half embossed body of foliate and goddess design and a berry finial on the pull-off lid.

The word “caddy” was derived from the Malaysian work “kati”, meaning approximately one and one fifth of a pound in weight. The cost of tea during the 17th century was high – 40 shillings per pound in 1664 – but much higher in price when heavily taxed in the 18th century; that is why a lot of the caddies made between 1760 – 1810 are fitted with a lock and key.

William Comyns

A London based manufacturing silversmiths who traded from around 1858 until the 1930s.

The firm was founded by William Comyns when he bought the business of Robert Tagg (founded in 1730) around 1858 and entered his first mark from the original Robert Tagg premises in Soho, London.

The business expanded rapidly, and the firm moved and gradually took up more and more premises on Beak Street, off Regent Street. They became William Comyns & Son in 1885 when his two sons Charles and Richard joined the partnership.

They had a significant impact in the 1880s by producing large numbers of decorative items in silver which were retailed through leading London retailers of the time, such as Henry Lewis and Howell & James.

William Comyns died in 1916, and his son Charles died in 1925 whilst at a sale at Christie’s. They registered as a limited company in 1930 as William Comyns & Sons Ltd with the remaining son, Richard, registered as the permanent governing director.

When Richard died in 1953, the company was bought by Bernard Copping. They are now one of the few remaining manufacturing silversmiths in London with premises in London WC2.

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